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    RS500 Single-hand?

    I’ve sailed the RS500 many times. I would never try single-handing it. If the wind were light enough to consider it (6 knots?), it wouldn’t be much fun anyway. It’s designed for two and a decent breeze. The Vareo is an asymmetric that can go either single or double. 
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    Apple Watch for Dinghy Sailing

    The Sailing workout on the Apple Watch  is equal to a brisk walk, which seems about right. I too was worried about damage, but in my case it’s always covered with the sleeve of my top so it has not been a problem, as long as it’s a recent waterproof one. It’s true that it doesn’t work well with...
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    Sailing dinghy shows in the US?

    Yes you do. It’s awesome. 
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    Laser 4.7

    I stand corrected: not popular in 49 of 50 US states. In that case, break out of the box and try the Aero 5 rig. It’s a boat that was designed to use that rig from the beginning. The 4.7 is a hack of a radial, which was in turn a hack of the standard rig. That’s why it has a weirdly bent mast...
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    Laser 4.7

    Popular in Europe. Not popular in US. 15-year-olds still in Optis. Go figure.
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    Which 2 man dinghy next?

    I agree that it's not much fun to be an adult up front, but my wife does it with our son and doesn't seem to mind. Obviously it helps to be on the younger and shorter side. But I don't agree about weight at the stern. It makes a big difference, especially in the light wind that they said was...
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    Which 2 man dinghy next?

    At least in light wind. 
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    Which 2 man dinghy next?

    At 100 kg total, you’re not slow because of total weight, but rather because of distribution. You’re stern heavy for a Feva. Try swapping positions.
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    Tactics: longest tack or lifted tack?

    “Sail the long tack first” is a rule of thumb, meaning it should be used in the absence of other compelling moves, as a way to keep from getting onto the lay line too early. If you’re headed, in an oscillating breeze, you should usually tack (unless near the mark). That’s a specific event...
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    New Olympic Dinghy Selection

    Yes, that definition shows a broader and deeper understanding of sailing than anything you’ll find in a dictionary. Sailors should be writing the definition, not deferring to a dictionary. We’re the source.
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    Exciting High School Sailing Dinghy

    Yes, the 420 is common overseas, but often as a stepping stone to the 470 (its original purpose) or especially the 29er,  sometimes followed by the 49er. You list the 29er in every country, which is definitely not slow and definitely does have a trapeze. They can certainly be found here, but...
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    Exciting High School Sailing Dinghy

    You're asking such a reasonable question. A bunch of feisty high schoolers want to race a fast and fun double-hander aside from the not-so-fast 420 of the late 1950's. But as you can see from the responses, there's no reasonable answer, at least in the U.S. The flippant response, I suppose, is...
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    New Olympic Dinghy Selection

    Of the four, only the Melges is designed for a passenger. There’s nothing wrong with Melges targeting such users, but it compromises the boat for use as an Olympic single-hander. 
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    New Olympic Dinghy Selection

    I think you missed my point (and definitely misquoted me). As I said, the Melges 14, by their own admission in their marketing materials, is a cruiser as much as a racer. That's also my own experience with the boat. One would not expect that to be a recipe for a submittal intended for the Olympics.
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    New Olympic Dinghy Selection

    While it’s the norm to express strong opinions about boats here in SA (like everywhere else), you might want to sail them beforehand.
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